Can I Play with Madness?

Can I Play with Madness?
Edited by Colin A. McKinnon, Niall Scott and Kristen Sollee

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In ‘Can I Play with Madness? Metal, Dissonance, Madness and Alienation’ presents new, experimental and original work on the relationships between heavy metal music culture, mental health and well-being.


ISBN: 978-1-84888-057-3

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Key Words: Heavy Metal, Heavy Metal Studies Mental health Mental Illness, Well-being, Popular culture, cultural theory, Music and mental illness, madness, Mental Health Disorders Psychology, Therapy, The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, DSM IV-TR, Education, Youth, Young People, education policy, Black Metal, suicide self harm, depression, Anxiety, Schizophrenia, Jaques Lacan, Michel Foucault, Social Research, Qualitative studies, Expectancy Theory, Fan studies, Aggression, Anger, Gender, Masculinity, Feminity, Feminism, Satan, Robert Walser, Deena Weinstein, Nirvana, Ozzy Osbourne.



PART 1 Analysing Insanity

Goethe vs Rammstein: Who is Allowed to Play with Madness? The Influence of Musical Taste on Prejudice against Heavy Metal Lyrics
Julia Kneer, Diana Rieger, Lena Frischlich
and Daniel Munko

Death and Life: The Role of Music and Others
Rute Rodrigues and Abílio Oliveira

Textual Analysis of Song Lyrics Adopting a Mental Health Diagnostic Standard as Method
Richard E. Wilson and Mike Thomas

PART 2 Disparate Disciplines: Theoretical Applications of Madness in Heavy Metal

Two Steps Past Insanity: The Expression of Aggression in Death Metal Music
Daniel Frandsen

Can Progressive Metal’s Narrative Inform Social Stigma Theory? Pain of Salvation’s The Perfect Element Parts 1 and 2 as Examples
Nelson Varas-Diaz

Hysteric Desire: Sexual Positions, Sonic Subjectivity and Gender Play in Glam Metal
Kristen Solee

PART 3 More Madness in the Metal Method: A Spectrum Disorder of Theoretical and Applied Research Approaches

No Method in the Madness? The Problem of the Cultural Reading in Robert Walser’s Running with the Devil: Power Madness and Gender in Heavy
Metal Music
and Recent Metal Studies
Andy R. Brown

Qualitative Research in Understanding the Metal Community
Igor Gafarov

Heavy Metal Identity and Social Transitions: Implications for Young People’s Well Being in the Australian Context
Paula Rowe

PART 4 Ripping it up: Metal as a Symptom of a Civilised and Aggressive Disorder

Heavy Metal Rituals and the Civilising Process
Gary Sinclair

Cycles of Metal and Cycles of Male Aggression: Ageing and the Changing Aggressive Impulse
Samir Puri

Metal Disorder, Metal Disturbance
Niall Scott

PART 5 Challenging Perceptions on Metal and Suicide

War inside My Head: Metal, Mental Illness and Psychic Energy
Colin A. McKinnon

Suicide, Metal Music and Expectancy Theory
Alick Kay

Emo Saved My Life: Challenging the Mainstream Discourse of Mental Illness around My Chemical Romance
Rosemary Hill

Does Death and Suicide Sound Like the Music You Hear?
Abílio Oliveira and Rute Rodrigues

PART 6 Positively Mad: Black Metal Health and the Construction of Identity

Playing with Madness in the Forest of Shadows: Dissonance, Deviance and Non-Comformity in the Black Metal Scene
Karl Spracklen

Lord Satan’s Secret Rites and Satanism as Self-Therapy: The Creation of a Masculinity Gender Identity within Black Metal
Sanna Fridh

‘A Furore Normannorum, Libera Nos Domine!’ A Short History of Going Berserk in Scandinavian Literature and Heavy Metal
Imke von Helden

About the Editors

Colin McKinnon has a background in biological science and has been a proud metalhead for over 30 years, ever since having his brain rewired by stumbling upon Judas Priest on ‘Top of the Pops’. He has served on the Steering Committee for two of the ‘Heavy Fundametalisms: Music, Metal and Politics’ conferences and works in the science industry in Switzerland.

 Niall Scott is Senior Lecturer in Ethics at the University of Central Lancashire, and is project leader for;’s Music Metal and Politics project and has written widely on heavy metal, philosophy and politics. Niall never had his brain rewired. He was born metal.

 Kristen Sollee has a B.A. from the New School in Musicology and an M.A. from Columbia University in Gender Studies and Japanese Culture. She currently writes for various arts publications and blogs about New York City music and nightlife at An unapologetic hair metal fan, Kristen’s first tattoo was of course the word GLAM.